Dr. Lawrence Pass, MD

Dr. Lawrence Pass, MD

Cardiac Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
66 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Lawrence Pass, MD is a cardiac surgery specialist in Nashville, TN and has been practicing for 33 years. He specializes in cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, and more.Read his story

TriStar Cardiovascular Surgery

2400 Patterson St Ste 307

Nashville, TN 37203
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • PHCS
  • Private HealthCare Systems
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Pass performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers
Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
very high
more than 97% of peers
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
very high
more than 94% of peers

Dr. Pass's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Pass' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Pass "Dr. Lawrence Pass is a native of Tennessee. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude honors. He earned his Medical Doctorate from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, he earned honors in Student Research Fellowship for the American Cancer Society. He then served his internship and completed his residency in General Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Pass then went on to the University of Rochester where he earned the Robert R. White, M.D. Award for excellence in surgical teaching. During his time at Rochester, he was an Assistant Resident, Research Fellow, Senior Resident, and eventually the Chief Resident and Instructor of General Surgery. Following Rochester, Dr. Pass went to Yale University Medical Center where he was Chief Resident and Instructor of Cardiothoracic Surgery.Dr. Pass is board certified with the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the American Board of Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners.In 1985 Dr. Pass joined the Cardiovascular Surgery faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX where he engaged in clinical surgery, research, and resident education. Dr. Pass moved back home to Nashville in 1989 and began his own Cardiothoracic practice. He remained in private practice until February of 2012 when he joined the TriStar Cardiothoracic Surgery practice at Centennial Medical Center. He is married and has two children."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Pass "Patient Centered Care"

3  Specialties

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

3  Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*
  • Thoracic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

51  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm and Dissection of Heart
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Heart Valve Diseases
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pleural Neoplasm, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Septal Defect
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease
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35  Procedures

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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Tennessee.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Vanderbilt University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1973
  • Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1977
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1979
  • University Of Rochester Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Yale University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Yale New Haven Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1985

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Pass has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Pass' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Pass to family and friends
11 total reviews (6 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (11)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Pass' Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (6)

Terrible bedside manor. Never communicated with patient or family, three days in a row. Completely unsatisfied with Dr.Pass as he decided not to do the bare minimum to communicate with the family or even ask the patient how he is doing. He acted like the family and patient was a waste of his...more
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Excellent care.! Brought me through surgery that other Drs. had discouraged me from trying. Would and have recommended he and Centennial to others.
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Dr. Pass asked all the right questions, listened to my answers and explained in detail the surgical procedure I was to have. He covered in detail what I was to expect from the day of the operation through the recovery period. He covered in detail the complications that I might expect from the...more
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Dr. Pass and all office staff are great !!! They are caring,personable and make you comfortable during your office visit. They also take the time to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Would highly recommend to anyone having cardiac surgery. Tim Brown Clarksville, TN.
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Dr. Pass was very professional he answered all my questions about the procedure beforehand and also after the surgery. He is very easy to talk to he puts you at ease.
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